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Sun Jun 27, 2021, 05:10 AM

Man Arrested For Anti-LGBTQ Hate Crime In Boone

Robert Geddes, a 25-year-old in Boone, Iowa, was arrested Monday for allegedly leaving notes on people’s homes telling them to “burn that gay flag.” The targeted homes flew rainbow Pride flags, displayed yard signs or owned rainbow doormats.

Geddes was identified by a Ring Doorbell camera. He’s been charged with four counts of trespass with a hate crime enhancement, which would increase the penalty, and third-degree harassment.

He is now in custody at the Boone County Jail, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 2.

The police issued a press release saying, “Boone Police Officers took several complaints from residents in Boone of notes that had been taped to their doors. The victims all had flags or door mats supporting LGBTQ persons. These notes spoke in opposition of this support only and were not threatening in nature.”

Read more: https://iowastartingline.com/2021/06/23/man-arrested-for-anti-lgbtq-hate-crime-in-boone/

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Sun Jun 27, 2021, 07:50 AM

1. An anonymous note dropped off at night may not have been specificaly theatening, but it is a threat.

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Sun Jun 27, 2021, 09:37 AM

2. seems a broad interpretation

The man's certainly a creep, but ... Are the people that drop off religious tracts preaching end times and hellfire (which message I consider threatening and despise to the depths of ..) committing 'hate crime?' Is it crime if they target my house knowing I'm an unbeliever?

I really don't have a problem with bringing charges - but I'd be surprised if this goes anywhere in court.

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